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  1. Hastings Pier reopening: As it happened on Wednesday 27 April 2016

Live Reporting

By Claire Cottingham and Clark Ainsworth

All times stated are UK

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That's it from us

But remember to keep sending us your pictures and memories of the pier.

You can tweet us, email us or send us a message on Facebook

And if you missed BBC South East Today's special programme from the pier, you can watch it on the iPlayer

'It's hugely important'

We spoke to Simon Opie, the Chief Executive of the Hastings Pier Group, live on BBC South East Today.

Here's what he said.

Simon Opie

'When I was a child I lived on this pier'

We spoke to Pam Kentish, who was one of the first people on the reopened pier. 

Pam Kentish

Ready to go on air

Rachel Mackley gets ready for BBC South East's live programme from Hastings Pier at 18.30 BST on BBC One.

Praying to the weather gods at Hastings Pier with @cameramankieran and @BBC_RMackley @bbcsoutheast

Praying to the weather gods at Hastings Pier with @cameramankieran and @BBC_RMackley @bbcsoutheast

Fingers crossed for our special programme

We're hoping the weather holds for our special programme from the pier.

Polly Evans will be presenting from 18:30 BST on BBC One.

Hastings Pier
Quentin Smith
Hastings Pier

Your tweets from Hastings

Here are some of the best images you've been sharing from the reopening of the pier today.

Great to see #HastingsPier open at last! Well done to the huge number of people involved in getting this far!!

Great to see #HastingsPier open at last! Well done to the huge number of people involved in getting this far!!

BBC Sussex celebrates pier reopening

From 17.00 BST, BBC Sussex's Sarah Gorrell will be looking back to the day in 2010 when the pier was gutted by fire, and forward to its future.

Sarah will also be previewing South East Today's special programme from the pier this evening. It starts at 18:30 BST on BBC One.

Listen to Sarah's show by clicking below.

Sarah brings you great music and regular travel updates.

Montage of your photos

We've been asking for your pictures and memories of the pier.

Pete Holloway sent us this lovely image taken in 2007.

You can watch a music montage of your pictures here.

Hastings Pier
Pete Holloway
Hastings Pier

The pier from the air

Here's a look at the reopened pier from the sky today.

Hastings Pier

Special programme from the pier

BBC South East Today presenter Polly Evans will be anchoring a special programme from the pier this evening.

She'll be speaking to Simon Opie, the Chief Executive of the Hastings Pier Group, and Archie Lauchlan, who has directed a film about the pier's transformation. 

The programme will be on BBC One from 18:30 BST.

Polly Evans
Polly Evans

'I saw Jimi Hendrix play on the pier'

Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix

People send in their pier memories

BBC South East Today has been asking you for your pictures and memories of Hastings Pier.

Ian Matthews, who lives in the town, sent us this photo taken by his parents during their honeymoon in September 1927.   

You can send us your pictures by tweeting us, posting them on Facebook or emailing us at

Hastings Pier
Ian Matthews
Hastings Pier in 1927

The moment the pier reopened

People clapped and cheered as the pier's gates opened this morning. 

Many posed for photographs and spoke about how important it was for the town.

Hastings Pier reopens

Hastings Pier in figures

How important could the pier be to the local economy?

Here are three facts about the redeveloped structure.

Hastings Pier in numbers

People stroll round whole of Hastings Pier for first time in 10 years

More than £14m was spent redeveloping the pier after a blaze almost destroyed the structure in 2010.

On Wednesday morning, people strolled around the entire pier for the first time in about a decade.

Hastings Pier
Hastings Pier Charity

All the facilities on the rebuilt pier, which now includes a restaurant and bar, will be reopened in stages over the coming days.  

Hastings Pier reopening updates on Wednesday 27 April 2016

Clark Ainsworth

BBC News

Good afternoon, Hastings Pier has reopened nearly six years after fire gutted the 144-year-old structure.

We'll be bringing you people's memories of the pier and their first impressions of the new one.

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